The Art of the Pitch. One of the most elusive parts of getting your movie made is figuring out how to get it funded. Whether you are trying to raise 10 thousand or 10 million the art of the pitch is the same. Learn from producers who have raised millions of dollars for films. Get the real scoop on how they meet investors, what they believe it takes to get investors to say yes, and what tools you should have ready at the get go.
This panel is less about how to raise money and more about learning how you and your style fit in to the art of the pitch.
Whether you are thinking of starting a production company to make your films or to bring in a steady flow of music or commercial clients this event is for you. Learn from those who have created successful indie companies from the ground up. Our panelists include producers from the film and music worlds; as well as a tax specialist who can answer all your questions about which corporation entity is right for you and give insight on how the new AB5 law will effect all of us.
Now is the time to get your plan in action so when we are back in the world you are ready to rock!
The team behind the Chalk Warfare series talks about how the original idea, made in high school, has grown into three installments, with a fourth on its way, and garnered more than 90 million views on YouTube!
Many low budget filmmakers feel Production Design is one of those things they can do themselves, or simply can’t afford. But making your project really shine depends heavily on all aspects of production design, from wardrobe and props to how you dress your practical location. There are ways to achieve a unique look for your project without spending a ton of money. At our September event we discussed the process, the tools you can utilize, and how the world of Production Design is key to telling your story.
When making independent film, you’re often faced with one of two options when it comes to your visual effects; either you figure out how to do it yourself, or you find someone who can do it for cheap. Either way, it takes planning and preparation to make sure the work is not too complex, whether because of the script or poor planning. Join us for a panel of VFX professionals as they give you practical advice on how to approach VFX. Then, Visual Effects Supervisor Ray McIntyre Jr speaks about his career and breaks down some great shots!
What does it take to pull off a good comedy scene, short, film, episode? Our panel was loaded with experienced TV, film and short format filmmakers who had a thing or two to say about comedy. Then director David F. Sandberg talks about adapting his horror style to comedy in his lates film, “Shazam!”
We’ve noticed that we seem to have a theme for each evening event, so we decided to embrace that, and let you know in advance. This month we are focusing on music video production, with our guests representing a unique perspective in the music world. If you’re interested in this type of production, curious how to do it, or just love all types of filmmaking, this will be a fun evening for you!
Benjamin L. Brown joined the Collective to talk about his journey through independent film, and provided a lot of valuable information for independent filmmakers for their projects. Then Alec Gillis, co-founder of Amalgamated Dynamics, the award winning studio with over 25 years of work in makeup FX, prosthetics and special characters for film and television, came and shared stories of his career, and his perspective of years in makeup FX. Fellow makeup FX artist Kourtney Kuroki of K2 Makeup Artistry, interviewed Alec, and shared her own perspective in the field.
Jenn Page shared funny and informative insights into her travels as a filmmaker, and provided some unique and valuable tips and tricks in how to navigate the wild world of filmmaking. It was an entertaining talk, followed by a great Q&A session, with great questions from the audience! Then cinematographers Favienne Howsepian and Sara Ross Samko gave us a lively and informative talk about their vision of style in cinematography, as well as how they got from student to professional in the hectic and often dramatic world of film and tv production.
Moderated by Christian Sebaldt ASC (Lucifer, For the People), Roy Wagner joined Robert Adetuyi, the director of his latest project “Stand!”, and discussed the challenges of producing an independent musical. The audience enjoyed the stunning theatrical trailer as well as a Behind the Scenes film with Roy discussing his use of the URSA Mini Pro as his camera of choice on the film. Then, the Young Colorists panel, moderated by filmmaker Jenn Page, was a lively discussion of the journey each colorist on the panel had taken through the field.